The Florida Bar

Medicare and Medicaid

December 13, 2022


Medicare was created to help older Americans and certain disabled individuals pay their medical bills, and the program is paid for by the Social Security contributions you make while working. Most people age 65 or older are eligible for coverage based on their work history or that of their spouse.


Medicaid differs from Medicare in a couple key ways. First, Medicaid is available to low-income Americans, regardless of age. Second, Medicaid is largely handled by the states, while Medicare is administered by the federal government.

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.